Estates 101: Decisions, Decisions

Strictly speaking, this entry in our series isn’t about estates.  It’s about things that are harder to quantify and to legislate.  But it fits the general theme of “things you should know when, or preferably before, someone close to you dies.” This article is going to be the heaviest of the series, both in length … Continue reading Estates 101: Decisions, Decisions

Estates 101: Directives and Documentation

Okay.  This is the section of the series that I probably need to say the least about, because every other thing you hear about preparing for death nowadays tells you to have a living will.  But there’s a lot more you can do to prepare your loved ones to make some decisions which are not … Continue reading Estates 101: Directives and Documentation

Estates 101: The first few calls you make

When my mother died, my wife and I were out of the hospital maybe 10 minutes later.  The first phone call we made was to the funeral home. Arranging for the remains. Funeral homes generally have a 24-hour answering service.  You say “hi, my name is blah, X just died at hospital Z, please notify … Continue reading Estates 101: The first few calls you make

Estates 101: What is and is not estate?

In this article, I will discuss the assets or payments you get when a person dies, and how not all of it is “estate” or “inheritance”. The notion of “the estate”.  We all have an idea of what the estate is: it’s the deceased’s assets, which are used to pay off their remaining debts, and … Continue reading Estates 101: What is and is not estate?

Estates 101: Wills, Representatives, Estate account

Not long after my mom died, I promised to write down some of what I learned in the process of dealing with her estate.  Here’s the first part of that, in which I talk just a little bit about wills, personal representatives, and getting a bank account for the estate. Proving the will.  Ideally, the … Continue reading Estates 101: Wills, Representatives, Estate account